Over one million foreign migrant workers are expected to register with Labour Ministry


Over 960,000 foreign migrant workers have registered with the Labour Ministry since April 1 and the number is expected to surpass one million as the deadline for registration ends today.


According to the Labour Employment Department, altogether 965,203 migrant workers from Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar have registered since April 1 until July 27th.

Of these, 570,893 are migrant workers from Myanmar, 338,141 are Cambodians and 56,169 are Lao. There are also 20,627 dependents.

The Labour Employment Department predicted that the total number of registered migrant workers would surpass one million mark after the expiry of the deadline on July 29.

Department head Mr Arak Prommanee urged employers to bring their employees to register before the expiry of the deadline, warning that, after that, labour inspectors will start checking work places to find out if any of them are harbouring illegal workers.

Employers will face a maximum fine of 100,000 for having one illegal migrant worker and illegal migrant workers will face a maximum jailterm of five years and/or a fine of between 2,000-100,000 baht.